Nothing says summer like a refreshing salad dinner along with sharing a Box Of Joy with children around the world! Please join the Council Of Catholic Women of the West DuPage Deanery on Tuesday, July 16th at 6 p.m. for our Shared Summer Social Service Project at St. Irene’s Catholic Church, Lower Level Activity Center 28W441 Warrenville Rd. A light salad supper will be provided as we pray over the women attending who will assemble the Boxes of Joy items we have been collecting to send to children around the world at Christmas! 

This Cross Catholic OUTREACH ministry has been our CCW focus throughout the Diocese of Joliet for the past 2 years and has brought much JOY to all the participants as well as the children who receive these gifts, many of whom this will be the only or FIRST gift they’ve ever gotten. Come to share fellowship as we assemble these boxes and see an inspiring video that will warm your heart as children from Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic smile with JOY!

Please go to for GIFT DONATION IDEAS and complete information on this ‘Joyful’ project. This is a wonderful summer project for children and grandchildren too… watch the video together at and create a budget and go shopping! (Please note: All items must fit in shoe box)

Toys: small plush toys/animal, small ball, car, truck, doll, puzzle, finger puppet, silly putty, hacky sack, unopened fast food toys, Legos, harmonica or kazoo, jump rope, paddle ball, slinky, mini board game, craft kits.

School Supplies: colored pencils, solar calculator, sharpener, small board books, erasers, pencil case, crayons, pens, markers, glue stick (no liquid) safety scissors, coloring book, notepad, stickers, flash cards, dry paint.

Apparel/Accessories: socks, shorts, underwear, t-shirts, flip flops, bandanas, hats, shoelaces, plastic poncho, watch, purse, wallet, sunglasses, necklaces, hair ribbons, headbands, scrunchies, barrettes, bracelets, earrings, scarf, cross, rosary

Useful Items: sewing kit, utensils, compass, LED key chain, duct tape, no-battery flashlight, drawstring bag

Hygiene/Home: comb, brush, bar soap, fork/spoon, cup/bottle w/lid, toothpaste in box, toothbrush, floss, lip balm, bandages, hand wipes, (no gels) tissues, manicure kits, nail clippers, emery board

PLEASE DO NOT PACK: Food, beverages, medicine, vitamins, shampoo, nail polish, gels, chocolate, toy weapons (police or military), glass, breakables, knives, tools, ANY liquids.  

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